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What is microlearning?

Microlearning is a short burst of learning on a specific topic or skill. Think of a quick game, a short video, or even a 15-minute “microcourse” designed to help you boost a specific skill.

Leaders love microlearning because it’s fast, on-demand, and helps them boost their skills in the flow of their work.

At DDI, we seamlessly weave microlearning into our blended learning journeys to help leaders deepen their new skills. So your learning program isn’t just one-and-done. It’s a sustained commitment to becoming better leaders.


of organizations are using microlearning to develop leaders

DDI Research, 2020


of leaders want more microlearning than they are currently getting

DDI Research, 2020


of companies with best-in-class development programs use microlearning

DDI Research, 2020
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Curation is Key to Success

Creating an effective microlearning experience is all about one thing: Curation. After all, no leader wants to waste time on things they don’t really need.

These short bursts of learning work best when they are part of a larger learning journey. For example, a microlearning course can raise awareness about specific topics, such as unconscious bias in interviewing. They can dive deeper to reinforce a topic learned in a course. Or you can use them to address immediate or unplanned needs, such as how to switch to a virtual workplace.

However, microlearning doesn’t take the place of larger learning experiences. It falls short on teaching complex topics, or in-depth training to deliver behavior change.

At DDI, our consultants will help you curate the right mix of formal and quick learning that will make a lasting impact on your leaders.

Explore available microcourses

We’ve served up our leaders a current, digital, and flexible learning program they can all get’s a continuous, ongoing program that will continue to feed our organizational success and align to our overall strategy.

— Jodi Carradice, Senior Vice President & Chief People & Culture Officer, Wawanesa

Try Out a Free Microcourse

Curious what a microcourse looks and feels like? Try one out for yourself!

It only takes about 15 minutes to boost your skills.

In this sample microcourse, we explore how to lead virtual meetings. The short session meets the acute need of companies that have switched to a virtual workplace. And it’s an ideal complement to related longer courses, such as Communication: Connect through Conversations and Leading Meetings: Use Time Effectively.

Try out a microcourse

The microcourse was so good. It gave me a quick virtual way to support leaders. 

— An HR manager in the healthcare industry

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Access Microlearning from Your LMS or Our Platform

Microcourses are designed to help your leaders just in the moment they need it. So it’s critical that they can access it whenever and wherever.

Our microcourses are SCORM compliant, so you can easily add them to your learning management system (LMS). Or if you prefer, you can take advantage of our Pinpoint platform. Pinpoint delivers microcourses plus a variety of microlearning content like self-assessment tools, games, interactive exercises, and more.

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